Instagram Hashtags Not Working

Instagram Hashtags Not Working

Instagram Hashtags Not Working

Whilst hashtags truly are an amazing feature for getting attention to your Instagram posts, sometimes they just don't work. If you've just spent a load of time coming up with the best hashtags that suit your image, only to find that they aren't working, it can be incredibly frustrating. This post will discuss the four possible reasons why your hashtags aren't working and how to fix them.

1. The hashtag you're trying to use is banned.

Instagram is very sensitive about the content it lets people post on its platform. There are actually over 114,000 banned hashtags, and many of them will surprise you as they seem completely normal to most people. If your hashtags uses a controversial keyword, even if you think it's not that bad, it may be the reason why the hashtag isn't working. The best way to check if your hashtag is banned is to search for it on Instagram. If your hashtag shows up, then it's not banned. If it doesn't show up, then it's most likely banned:

2. There's a Bug With Your App

Whilst Instagram usually works well most of the time, occasionally your app can develop a bug which stops certain features from working properly. The quickest way to get rid of any glitch that your app may be having is to reset the cache. It only takes about 30 seconds do this and it should fix any issue that you're having with hashtags. Here's how to do it:

Hashtags Fix

As it explains in the image above, once you get to this page just tap ‘Offload App' to clear the cache:


3. You need to re log into your account.

If the cause of your hashtags not working is to do with your account, rather than your app, the relogging will refresh the data that Instagram has stored on their servers. Therefore, logging out and logging back in again is another potential fix for the problem.

4. There is a problem on Instagram's side related to hashtag posting.

Sometimes, Instagram can have problems with their servers, which can cause certain functionalities such as hashtags to not work. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do about this, and you'll simply have to wait for Instagram to fix the issue. Fortunately, Instagram is pretty quick at sorting these issues out, so try checking again in 30 minutes or so.


So there you have it. These are all of the potential causes and fixes for Instagram hashtags not working. If you have tried all of the steps above, and none of them seem to be working, then it may be worth reinstalling the Instagram app as a final attempt to get it fixed. Also, you can try contacting Instagram's support team to see if they can see the reason for why your hashtags aren't working. The best way to get in touch with them is via email:

Good luck with getting your Instagram hashtags fixed, and let us know in the comments below if any of the methods above worked!

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    Jayne Maill Reply

    I have tried everything you have listed and worked. My account is fairly new … only 27 posts and 41 followers and was created less than a month ago. I was confused why my hashtags are still not showing but your article helped. Thanks

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